SilkTork (5737) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2005
<a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/71/719 Hitchin Great name. Wow! Fresh, clean, nicely hopped bitter. Clean and crisp. Very drinkable. Fruity with fragrant fresh aromatic hops. You can’t bottle this. Yummy! gam (3924) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2009
Good head medium carbonation clear copper coloured pour,aroma fruity strong malt caramel woodyness.Flavour fruit vinous apple apricot malt caramel smoothness bitter hops very woody taste,finish bitter good fruit and malt good tasting. RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle. Reddish beer with a strong fizzy like head. The aroma is plainly hopped, and the flavour is well hopped, caramel and bitter. Overall a very refreshing toffee bitter. hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2005
At 2005 Bedford Beer festival. Camra champion beer of Bedfordshire. Light amber with a sweet, hoppy aroma and a thin head. Citrus and malt in the taste with a medium bitterness in the finish. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2004
Copper colour. A whiff of sulphur on the nose - not unpleasant. A lot of grassy hops too. Dry flavour, with a good balance of malt and hops. Clean finish, with some acidic bite. A rather tasty best bitter. Cask, GBBF 2004, day 1.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2005
A nice steady bitter. Sharp yeasty nose. Smooth, well-rounded mouthfeel. Dry hoppy finish. A good one. AshtonMcCobb (6604) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2011 This time the nose has no pine and is basically toffee throughout. The rest is the same and there’s no change to the score!
Previous rating 26/06/11 6/4/7/4/13 = 3.4
50cl bottle. Pours amber with a decent head and steady bubbles. The nose has pine with a little toffee. The taste has toffee, grapefruit and a pine finish. The palate is medium bodied and textured with a nice fresh finish - good! Overall, this is a tastey beer that could be sessioned. BlackHaddock (7329) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2012
500ml Bottle: best before Jan 2013, poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 15th June 2012.
Lovely deep copper coloured body, on top an off-white crown of bubbles which sadly turned to a wisp and collar far, far too quickly.
The nose has toffee and caramel within: but not overly sweet by any means.
The taste is also leaning towards a maltier feel initially, but very dry in the mouthfeel and a bitter finish smacks your cheeks together somewhat. The maltiness is just a foil for the hops to hide behind until you take a proper gulp and discover the true flavours.
Just a bit too dry for my palate, but otherwise fine: would suit a hop liking drinker more than a malt person such as myself. DutchDrebus (6002) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2013
My bottle @ benzai. Orange to amber colour with no head. Smells slightly hoppy, malts, fresh. Tastes hops, malts, slightly barley, hay, barnyard. Easy drinkable, good tasting beer. Nice and light. Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2004
Cask Conditioned, at the GBBF, 2004.
Amber/tawny colour quite a looker. Aroma is a well balance blend of malts and hops. I noted the good balance twice to extra props on the balance. Moderate to good length on the palate.